You know that uncomfortable feeling about an hour after you’ve eaten a meal and then wished you hadn’t?
Maybe it feels like the food is just sitting, not going anywhere, or there’s bloating, pain, indigestion, that awful sense of needing to know where the bathroom is, or,,,,,,wind!
A lot of what I do in Clinic is getting peoples’ chew to poo back in good working order. Digestion is not something you should take lightly, and when the process is not working, well, it can be a pain in the proverbial……..
So, why should your gut be the centre of your universe?
Because, the rest of your body depends on it!
50% of adults complain that digestive problems negatively impact their daily life.
Your body depends on your digestive system to keep you alive, full of energy and for everything to keep ticking over nicely.
Did you know that digestion plays a major role in your immunity, depression, moods, hormone imbalances, skin problems, sleep quality, energy and metabolism? The list is endless!
Focus on good digestion and the rest will fall into place.
Your digestive system has a very important job, and getting it right can go a very long way to restoring your health.
The 2 most common things that can turn good digestion into bad:
Your unconscious stress response, either acute or chronic, can turn your insides upside down. Stress can cause your digestion to slow down, speed up, or change the way you process food from the top to your bottom 🙂 This is because, when your stress response is triggered, your digestive system is not needed to keep you alive – you just need to run like hell and escape. That’s why chronically stressed people will experience worsening gut symptoms over time that just don’t go away.
If you’re feeling a tad stressed and digestion is an issue, it’s time to do something about it. Often those irritable bowel symptoms or reflux can be quickly soothed along with your nerves.
2. Eating the wrong food for you
You’d think that eating wouldn’t be so complicated. Just eat the food you like the taste of, right? Not so. What your body needs is unique to you. That’s why popular eating trends are great for some, but may not be best for you. You need to tune in and find out what foods don’t work for you. It’s easy to build up intolerances to certain foods that can cause both obvious and hidden symptoms.
If you have digestive problems that are impacting your life, pay attention to what you’re putting in there. Simple! Beginning a gut healing program will get you sorted pretty quick after that.
So, if you are experiencing:
- short or long term illness
- food intolerances
- weight issues
- brain fog
- mood swings
- reflux,indigestion,bloating or pain
- irritable bowel symptoms
it’s time to get your digestion sorted.
For more information on digestion including some common symptoms and tips that can help, download Your Digestive System – The Centre of Your Universe.
And for those who are stuck, literally, then get the lowdown on Constipation and some tips to get things moving.
Need more help with your gut? Then contact me because I can guarantee that when things are working well, you’ll be working well.
With your health in mind,
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Catherine McCoy is an Integrative Naturopath, Health Coach, Writer and Presenter who is the founder of the iNaturally Clinic in Canberra, ACT.
Catherine helps women who are tired, stressed, anxious, depressed or overwhelmed to regain their health and get their life back on track.